Pete the Penguin

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Year of composition
Difficult (Grades 7+)
6 minutes
Modern classical music
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�I have often had the impression that, to penguins, man is just another penguin - different, less predictable, occasionally violent, but tolerable company when he sits still and minds his own business� – Bernard Stonehouse

Inspired by the epic bildungsroman of a young Emperor Penguin who, while playing in the ocean, finds himself tossed away from the Antarctic shore, chased by leopard seals, shipwrecked on the coast of Argentina, befriended by a sailor who sends him off to Canada by plane � while holding onto the external metal wings with very slippery wings of his own � where in turn he is purchased by a little girl in a toy store and continues to have several other adventures with the animals of his new home.

The original stories of �Peter the Penguin�, were written by my sister, Becky Sajo-Carovillano, who is a professional clarinetist with her husband in the duo Acclarion. This composition has gone through several stages over several years, originally a clarinet/piano duet, then a more mature clarinet/piano duet, and now finally a much more mature concert band composition. The chart is a light concert work that makes gratuitous use of polytonality, honking and snappy melody. Oh, and by the way, the last six bars for the low brass spell out �the end� in Morse Code.

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